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    Ken Griffey Jr. retiring

    Ken Griffey Jr. retiring at age 40 - Yahoo! News

    He's retiring as a Mariner as it should be.

    Even though he never played for my team, he's been one of my favorite players since he came into the league. Not only for his on the field play, but for his personality off the field as well. There aren't enough Ken Griffey Jr's out there anymore. See you in Cooperstown!!!

    SEATTLE [COLOR=#366388! important][COLOR=#366388! important]Ken [COLOR=#366388! important]Griffey [/COLOR][COLOR=#366388! important]Jr[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR]. retired Wednesday night, ending one of the great careers in baseball history.

    The 40-year-old Griffey told the Mariners that he was done playing, and manager Don Wakamatsu made the announcement before Seattle faced Minnesota.

    "While I feel I am still able to make a contribution on the field and nobody in the Mariners front office has asked me to retire, I told the Mariners when I met with them prior to the 2009 season and was invited back that I will never allow myself to become a distraction," Griffey said in a statement.

    "I feel that without enough occasional starts to be sharper coming off the bench, my continued presence as a player would be an unfair distraction to my teammates and their success as a team is what the ultimate goal should be," he said.

    Griffey was hitting only .184 with no homers and seven RBIs this year and recently went a week without playing. There was a report earlier this season which Griffey denied that he'd fallen asleep in the clubhouse during a game.

    Griffey was a perennial All-Star outfielder and ranks fifth on the [COLOR=#366388! important][COLOR=#366388! important]career [COLOR=#366388! important]home[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR] run list with 630. He won an MVP award and was a Gold Glover. The only thing missing on his resume was a trip to the World Series.

    A star from the get-go, he played 22 years in the majors with Seattle, his hometown Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago White Sox. He hit .284 lifetime with 1,836 RBIs.


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    Re: Ken Griffey Jr. retiring

    You beat me to it Clinks!!!!
    Truly one of the greatest players of this era and so far the only one to come out untainted from the Steroid Era. If injuries hadnt taken their toll, he more than likely wouldve been the all time Home Run King by now. He was one of my favorite players growing up and I still have his baseball video games for the SNES/N64. A true class act and its fitting that he will retire as a Mariner.
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    Re: Ken Griffey Jr. retiring

    I hope my upper deck griffey rookie cards end up being worth something

    He's like the most unsung performer of the last 20 years. He came into the league like MJ sized... performed... but was never the center of attention even while cranking out HR stats. If he had managed to be more healthy at his middle years.. one can only imagine where he would could have ended up.

    Good run Kenny and good luck.
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    Re: Ken Griffey Jr. retiring

    ^ I think I have one of those too ... I'll have to check.


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    That was the one of the few years I collected cards.. and that was Upper Deck's first year as I recall. I have at least two full sets.. including one sealed.. and probably 2 other griffey cards
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    Re: Ken Griffey Jr. retiring

    I'm glad he chose to do this instead of taking the millions by forcing the Mariners to waive him.

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    Re: Ken Griffey Jr. retiring

    Junior sure picked the wrong day to retire though.

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    Man I remember Griffey as a kid. (Me as a kid, not him). The ridiculous over the wall catches, laying out in center field. Not to mention possibly the sweetest swing in baseball history. (Talk about poetry in motion, it was powerful yet completely effortless). He saved baseball for us kids in a time when Nolan Ryan was leaving the game and Darryl Strawberry proved he wasn't the one to carry the game. In his prime he was arguably the best player to play professional baseball.
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    Re: Ken Griffey Jr. retiring

    Arguably the best player of the 90s. It was fun watching him of course at the plate, but his defense was as good as I've ever seen in center.
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